It is at all times a good suggestion to hold your cellphone or shoulder a digicam whilst you’re taking a stroll by a backyard.
You by no means know what you will notice.
It was early morning on Tuesday, June 7, once we noticed a feminine Valley carpenter bee, Xylocopa sonorina, asleep on a passionflower vine, Passiflora. That is the host plant for the Gulf Fritillary, Agraulis vanillae, however carpenter bees are at all times hanging round for pollination. Tiny grains of golden pollen cling to this bee appear to be gold mud.
The females are stable black, whereas the males are a golden blond with inexperienced eyes. Sexual dimorphism. These bees are discovered within the Central Valley and southern California, Arizona, New Mexico and southward by Mexico, in line with the late native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp, UC Davis emeritus professor of entomology. He described them as “the most important of the carpenter bees in California.”
Wikipedia signifies Valley carpenter bees are discovered from western Texas to northern California, and the japanese Pacific islands. Frederick Smith, assistant within the Zoological Division of the British Museum and member of the council of the Entomological Society of London, first described X. sonorina in 1874 from specimens collected in Hawaii, in line with Wikipedia. “Till 1956, it was thought that X. sonorina got here from the Sunda Islands, however in a paper printed that 12 months,M. A. Lieftinck confirmed that Smith’s interpretation of the unique specimen labels was in error: Smith had mistakenly learn the label of X. sonorina as that means the Sunda Islands as a substitute of the Sandwich Islands.”
“In 1899, R. C. L. Perkins described the identical species as Xylocopa aeneipennis, and in 1922, P. H. Timberlake claimed that the Hawaiian Xylocopa was the identical because the mainland X. varipuncta, that had been named in 1879, and Roy Snelling predicted in 2003 that X. varipuncta would finally be reclassified as a synonym of X. sonorina,” Wikipedia relates. “This was confirmed in 2020 utilizing DNA evaluation, and because the title sonorina has seniority, that is the legitimate species title.”
Up till 2020, we would at all times known as them X. varipuncta.
This week we known as one “sleepy head.”
Ms. Valley Carpenter Bee lastly stirred and shortly after, took flight.